Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Natural building workshop this July in Colorado

Sign up now! Spaces are limited...

Natural Building in the mountains of CO

July 10-13, 2009

The workshop will include:

Introduction to our "compound", our vision and tour of the other strawbale house on site as well as our present project, an earthship under construction

Basic design principles for environmental citing, climatic considerations, and aesthetics

Adobe brick making

Adobe wall construction

Intros and smaller projects using other earthen building techniques including wattle-and-daub, cob, and earth bag

Earthen plasters for earthen walls and strawbale walls

Natural clay/starch paints, linseed oil, beeswax and other options for finishing sealants, etc

And more...

Evening/afternoon activities and exchanges will also be included. These include; an introduction to earthen building, introduction to Thai cooking, Thai massage, seed saving and our work in Thailand at Pun Pun organic farm, sustainable living learning center and seed center.

See for more info.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Meet my new gal...

I need a name for 'er. Suggestions?

I was thinkin maybe "Lola," reminiscent of the sexually ambiguous character, noted for his/her surprising strength, a la The Kinks...

...or maybe "Rocinante." That was the name of Steinbeck's truck-camper, featured in the peerless work of travel writing Travels with Charley. It was also the name of Don Quixote's horse, which is where Steinbeck got the name. Incidentally, rocin in Spanish means "work horse"...

Ideas for names for my gal? Leave 'em in the comments section...

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Jobs at Aqueous Solutions

Looking for an opportunity to work internationally in water and sanitation?

Aqueous Solutions is seeking a qualified individual to serve as program coordinator for our projects in Thailand in the Burma border areas.

See to download a job description and information on how to apply!

This and other opportunities to work with Aqueous Solutions' research and field projects projects are listed on our Get Involved page.

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Safe Haven Children's Home

Aqueous Solutions completes rainwater harvesting and filter systems for Safe Haven Children’s Home - an ethnic Karen community for displaced persons, widows and orphaned children on the Thai-Burma border.

See our photo galleries for images of the community and the water systems project. (Photography courtesy of Line Ramstad...for more about Safe Haven and Karen life see also Line's blog.)